This past week we ran nine fishing trips on the Island Girl - five deep sea and four bay jetty trips. Both public trips and private charters were run.
Finally, winds subsided to 5-10 knots during this past week and we had calm seas offshore. There was not much current either. The water also became clearer all the way up to the Galveston jetties by Sunday afternoon. Offshore waters were clear, mostly blue and beautiful!
Since the closing of the federal season for red snapper, we have targeted mangrove snapper with much success. Many nice red snapper were released also. The kingfish bite was better in the afternoon due to the full moon. Some blacktip sharks were found by following the inshore working shrimp boats. We also caught a few large Spanish mackerel this week. Still no weedlines were found offshore.
Our bay/jetty trips produced excellent catches on shark, especially bonnethead sharks. We also found larger stingray and a keeper ling within a mile of the jetties this morning.
As long as winds remain light and from a southern wind direction, we should continue to see excellent catches.
- Captain Paul Stanton
Visit the Galveston.com Fishing Guide for more information.